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ambulatory gynaecology at the Aberdeen Clinic


TAC welcome Dr Premila Ashok to their clinical team at their Clinic facility in Cults.


r Ashok an experienced gynaecology consultant with substantial experience in the specialty will lead our Ambulatory care and gynaecology service. Gynaecology is the medical speciality that focuses on women's reproductive health. We provide services for a wide range of conditions that can affect the female reproductive system, from urinary tract infections to ovarian cancer. Our consultant gynaecologists and physicians are here to advise you on any aspect of your reproductive health, including fertility problems, contraception, abnormal smear tests and difficulties associated with the menopause.

What specifically is the ambulatory gynaecology clinic? The ambulatory gynaecology clinic is a service which provides simple, minor procedures without the need for a general anaesthetic or admission to hospital. The procedures currently offered in the ambulatory service include hysteroscopy and removal of endometrial polyps or fibroids from the lining of the womb, procedures for fertility , insertion & removal of coil, abnormal vaginal bleeding, post - menopausal bleeding and colposcopy. The aim of ambulatory gynaecology is to admit, treat and discharge the patient on the same day in an outpatient setting. Traditional inpatient operations are being rapidly replaced by office, outpatient or day surgery procedures.

We can often arrange same or next-day appointments — meaning you'll be seen by our consultants at a time that's convenient for you and you will be sure to receive treatment that adheres to our BEST practice promise: B E S T

Best value Effective treatment Safely delivered Timely - at a time that suits you

COVID - Your safety comes first From increased infection prevention measures, to COVID-19 testing for patients and staff right down to the way our clinic has been organised to ensure we can apply social distancing, every aspect of what we do has been reviewed to ensure that we are providing the safest places for your care. As the situation with COVID-19 continues to change and develop, so too will the processes and measures we have in place, so that we are always providing the fullest access to high quality care in the safest possible way.

Tel: 0333 0143 488 theaberdeenclinic.com



Aberdeenshire autumn: relaxed country looks 26 Harvest: the best new buys in autumn shades 32 Men: cool kilts 34

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Twelve Days of Christmas: Trend’s buy local guide 38 Ask the Chef: Craig Wilson on home made soup 53 Kids: Craft your own Christmas 68



TRAVEL, LEISURE & LIFESTYLE Photographer Alex Mitchell shares his love of Argentina 72 Trend events - a look ahead to 2021 79 The Big Interview: Meet musician Gerry Jablonski 80




08 Make the most of October & November 10 Massage: a treatment to suit everyone 20 Eyes right! Making the most of what’s not masked


74 Creative: Meet wood carver & artisan Robert Lawrence 76 Indian Peter - a shameful episode in the city’s history




56 Interiors: Whimsical fairy-tale touches 64 Kirsty McLean’s ideas for novice gardeners




ISSUE N0. 78 | OCT/NOV 20


EDITOR Hello again, This issue marks our 13th birthday. When we started, we were told that there were no decent shops or restaurants anything to do in Aberdeen and the shire. 13 years later, we’ve proved people wrong and our success is a testament to the resilience, style and sheer variety our corner of the world offers. You’ll notice that this issue is unusually festive for Trend, even though Christmas is still a few weeks off. We make no apologies for this, even we know that there must be a few of our readers who leave everything till Christmas Eve and think presents from the all night garage will win them some brownie points. We’ve all been through a lot this year. We’ve been locked down, stuck in and driven up the wall. We’ve worked from home and struggled with home schooling. We’ve Zoomed all over the place, yet been nowhere. We’ve missed our favourite restaurants and spending time with friends and family. We’ve hardly gone shopping in months. We’ve waved au revoir to our city breaks, long weekends and holidays in the

sun. And now, we’ve had enough. Frankly, we’re not letting COVID have Christmas too. Whatever shape your festive season takes, whether you mark the Winter Solstice, light candles for Hanukkah, get an early start with Diwali in November, celebrate Krishna’s birth or Kwanzaa, it feels like we should mark the end of 2020 by celebrating that it’s nearly over and hoping that 2021 will be better. So that’s what we’re doing in this issue. We’ve decided to showcase the best local businesses who can supply everything from a feast-worthy foods, cards, decorations and gifts. It’s about supporting individual makers and small businesses whether they make scented candles or spirits, artisan soaps or even sprouts, buying wisely so that everyone in our corner of the world benefits. It makes sense to buy local on so many levels. Christmas may not look quite the same as previous years, but let’s make the best of it. Sod it, let’s celebrate! Everyone at Trend

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03-10 OCT Haddo’s annual arts festival is going online. Find out what’s happening at haddoarts.com

28 OCT Build a hedgehog house. The RSPB has plans on their website at rspb.org.uk/getinvolved/activities/give-nature-a-home-in-yourgarden/garden-activities/giveahogahome/

11 OCT Scotfreetours.com offers a free, socially distanced walking tour of Old Aberdeen. Pre-booking is essential.

17 OCT If all goes well with the licensing arrangements, Turriff’s Firework Display in aid of cancer charity UCAN should be going ahead, but check at facebook.com/fireworksagainstcancer.

15 OCT Another of the city’s October festivals is taking a slightly different format this year. DanceLive! will include digital screenings, outside events and live performances. Check citymoves.org.uk/ dancelive-festival for the latest.

22-25 OCT Sound festival is taking a hybrid approach with some performances of new music and some online events. Find out more at sound-scotland.co.uk

31 OCT Hallowe’en Share some spooky stories or watch a scary film and wonder if it’s okay to throw sweets at small children to enforce social distancing.


29 NOV Take a country walk and kick through piles of leaves. 30 NOV St. Andrews Day. Time for some haggis and the collected musical stylings of Jimmy Shand or the Proclaimers?

02 NOV The Langar Band bring their Celtic Folk sound to Drummonds Café Bar. Visit facebook. com/drummondsAB10 for booking details.

07 NOV Visit an independent bookshop or join your local library to stock up on reading material for the darker nights. 13 NOV Learn to make a silver ring in just two hours at Vanilla Ink at the smiddy. vanillainkthesmiddy.co.uk/ 30 NOV Head out to one of Aberdeenshire’s towns or into the city and support independent shops. Wrap up warmly and walk the length of Union Street looking at the Christmas lights

05 NOV Dunedin Consort bring their moving performance of How Lonely Sits the City to Kings College Chapel. Book at dunedin-consort.org.uk/ diary/lonely-city-aberdeen/ or stay home with some sparklers and baked potatoes for your own Bonfire Night Treat.

28 NOV Head out to Ballater for their winter festival at the Green. There’s a craft fair, Elf on the Shelf hunt and some carol singing. More details here: visitballater.com/events/ballater-winterfestival-2020/

All events are subject to changes in COVID regulations. Check before heading out.


Massages can be great for relaxation or dealing with injuries, twinges and chronic pain. There are many different types of massage, from intense treatments like Shiatsu or Rolfing, to the light relaxing touches and oils of an Indian Head Massage.Your therapist can guide you to the most appropriate choice, after a consultation.



ow that massage therapists are allowed to practice again, there are a few changes that you should expect when you return to your therapist’s practice room. Felicity Rogers of Banchory Spinal Health explained, ‘Clinics are trying to give patients as normal an experience as possible, whilst adhering to strict hygiene protocols. Clients and massage therapists will be both be wearing masks, although these are not required during any part of the treatment where the patient is face-down. Your massage therapist will adhere to good hand-washing hygiene to avoid the over-use of gloves. Most clinics will ask that

you wait in your car. At our premises, we scan the client’s temperature and ask them to wash their hands before entering our treatment rooms. Clients can expect to complete a consent form and provide details for tracing before their appointment. Our massage couch covers are washed after every patient, and the bed itself is wiped down with antibacterial wipes’. If you’re looking for relaxation, a Swedish, Hot Stone or Indian Head massage could be the perfect option. A hot stone massage uses heated smooth stones to provide a soothing massage with the


heat penetrating the muscles to offer deeper relaxation. An Indian Head massage works the area around the head, neck and shoulders. A Swedish massage is probably the best known type of massage, and the therapist will tailor the pressure to suit you. Although this is a relaxing treatment, you’ll really feel the benefit if there are particular areas of muscular tension or tight muscles indicative of stress. Some forms of massage, such as Shiatsu, can be delivered through clothing, whilst other forms can be done seated rather than lying down if that’s a problem for you. Some clinics offer pregnancy massage, teach baby massage or offer specialised treatments suitable for those who have previously had cancer. Sports Massages are ideal for people needing a deeper massage or those who have particular areas of their body to be treated due to injury. Sports Massage therapists undertake additional training to deepen their knowledge of muscle function and biomechanics, and are more specialised to be able to treat those suffering with injuries

or to help avoid them. The therapist may also recommend some stretches along with the treatment. Don’t expect an instant cure. It probably took a long time to develop the injury in the first place and recovery may take a while. It’s really important to provide feedback to your therapist if something is expectedly painful or uncomfortable, so they can adjust the pressure or explore problematic areas. Massage offers a wide range of benefits including stress relief and the easing of muscular tension. Massage can improve the process of injury recovery, encouraging increased blood flow and improving circulation. There’s considerable evidence to show it can lower blood pressure and help with migraines too. It can lead to a greater sense of wellbeing, help improve posture and improve joint mobility and flexibility. Now’s the time to explore it for yourself.


greet 2021 with a smile at Andrew Scott Dental Care:

2020 hasn’t give us that much to smile about, but why not start the new year with the smile you’ve always wanted? Whether you require dental implants, veneers, a smile make over or teeth whitening, we are able to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. Look your best with a little touch up with some cosmetic injections such as fillers and muscle relaxers. With even minimal treatment you can gain the confidence boost you need to be ready to face any challenges that 2021 might throw your way. You can be confident visiting our surgery as we have implemented many precautions to ensure

that we are able to provide a comprehensive dental service in a safe environment. We use state of the art Radic8 air cleaners, upgraded ventilation systems and fumigating surgeries after aerosol generating procedures. During October and November we are offering 50% OFF teeth whitening when booked in conjunction with any other treatment or check-up. So why not book your appointment today and smile your way into 2021?

15A Victoria Street, AB10 1XB Tel: 01224 806700 andrewscottdental.co.uk

Affafine bring outdoor markets back to Crathes Castle & the Beach Links Affafine are bringing together a host of local makers and food producers at their outdoor markets in November and December. Both venues also feature a car boot sale. The Crathes market is held in the Events field on Sunday November 1 and December 6, while the markets at the Beach Links in Aberdeen take place on the November 15 and December 20. Each market runs from 9am to 3pm. If you want to attend, you need to register in advance for track and trace purposes at affafinemarket.co.uk

Open Wide: A new online show from Peacock Visual Arts Peacock Visual Arts are hosting an online show until October 22nd. The exhibition features a host of printmakers who use text as image, including Kenny Hunter and Sister Mary Corita Kent. You can view the show at peacockvisualarts.com/open-wideonline-exhibition/ and buy prints via artsy. net/peacock-visual-arts/

Don’t leave it to the last minute, book your Christmas appointment today! Before we know it, December will be here. Whether you have a night out planned or just want to look great at home or online, now’s the time to book an appointment at the Treat Company, to show off your seasonal sparkle. We’d like to thank our clients for the overwhelming support they have shown us this year and look forward to helping you look fabulously festive. 7 Cairndenity Place, Inverallochy nr. Fraserburgh AB43 8TD Tel: 01346 583365 TreatCompanyFamily

Enjoy 10% discount on all beauty services when booked with a hair service. Services include: •The Gel Bottle nails •CalGel nails •Luxury Pedicure

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Specialist health & fitness studio opens in Aberdeen


hris Roy has spent the last nine years training and competing as an elite multisport athlete in southern Spain. He returned to the North-east in late 2019 to establish Toro Blanco - a private health and fitness studio. His main focus is specialising in medical related health and fitness testing, working with people who have underlying health problems, including; type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome to use exercise as a way of improving their health and wellbeing. Using the knowledge from his professional

career, training alongside leading sports science, human performance, sports psychology and biomechanics professionals, Chris offers: • One-to-one consultation + 3 training sessions • Health testing & monitoring • Training packages • Covid-19 Antibody testing Chris, who hails from a family of NHS doctors wants to tackle the health challenges driven from the UK’s growing obesity problem. ‘My aim is to help people transform their lives, educating and training them so they can live fitter and healthier lives.’

Toro Blanco, 41 Queens Lane South, AB15 4BF aberdeenpersonaltrainer.com

A tasty delivery for Cults care home residents Residents of an Aberdeen care facility have scored a mouthwatering treat, thanks to the generosity of a well-known North-east business. Ashvale operations director Stuart Devine MBE recently delivered more than 20 portions of fish and chips to the dementia unit at Deeside Care Home in Cults as a special treat for lifelong friend Billy Allan, his fellow residents and unit staff. Former joiner Mr Allan was involved in the creation of Aberdeen’s oldest amateur football team, Rattray’s XI, and has remained dedicated to it as a player and supporter throughout its 72-year history. Commenting on the special delivery, Stuart Devine said, ‘I’ve

known Billy all my life - my father played for Rattray’s XI and so did I, and I’m still on the committee. When it was possible, I used to try and take Billy to games as he was an avid supporter even after he stopped playing. ‘People have been through so much because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we just wanted to do something nice for Billy and his fellow residents as well as the staff who do such a great job looking after them.’ Deeside Care Home manager Diane Martin added, ‘The residents thoroughly enjoyed their treat thanks to Stuart and the Ashvale. Their kindness is hugely appreciated during these challenging times - it is a gesture which certainly hit the back of the net with our residents and carers!’

discreet help for male hair loss


asculine hair loss often dents self-confidence and self-esteem. So it’s good to know that Luisa Flores and Kim Candy now offer Florescence’s highly-regarded wig, hairpiece and hair integration services to men as well as women. Luisa explained, ‘Our advanced techniques mean that wigs and integrated hair systems can be undetectable. We have human and fibre hair wigs and hair pieces and we make bespoke colour-matched wigs too. Our hair integration system uses a synthetic material as a scalp base with hair hand stitched for a natural looking head of hair. Our customers leave looking great and feeling confident’. 24/26 Claremont Street Aberdeen AB10 6QS Tel: 01224 593852 florescenceaberdeen @florescence_aberdeen florescenceaberdeen.co.uk

ETPM opens specialist dental recruitment agency Subsea and marine recruitment specialist ETPM launched TrueDental Recruitment, a specialist recruitment agency based in Aberdeen which will focus solely on providing dental candidates for practices across North-east Scotland. Former Dental Practice Manager Emily Hughes will head up the new service which recruits all levels of dental staff for NHS, private and mixed practices. Emily has 10 years’ experience in the dental industry, starting her career as a trainee dental nurse, and has extensive knowledge of the local market. Further information is available at truedentalrecruitment.com or on 01224 536898.

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Aberdeen-Norway Gateway celebrates digital success of event A popular annual business event has created an all-digital bridge across the North Sea for the first time in its seven-year history. The seventh Aberdeen-Norway Gateway was hosted by Granite PR and held in association with the Norwegian British Chamber of Commerce. Its first time online ran on September 2nd and 3rd and gave over 180 registered delegates the chance to benefit from knowledge sharing and networking opportunities in a remote, safe and accessible way, appropriate to current operating conditions.

and Norway who shared their experiences, successes and challenges with a global online audience.

Speakers included Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Norway Richard Wood and Aberdeen Lord Provost Barney Crockett. They were joined by business representatives from Scotland

The 2020 Gateway series will continue with the Aberdeen-Abu Dhabi/UAE Gateway on November 10th and 11th. To find out more, visit granitepr.co.uk

Commenting on the event, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Norway Richard Wood said, ‘Scotland and Norway are North Sea neighbours. They have highly skilled and integrated workforces and supply chains. It was a real pleasure to speak at an event which does not rest on past success, but also examines opportunity for the future in an evolving relationship.’


Scotlands most extensive collection of ROBELL trousers and MARBLE fashions, place your order today.

Shop online at Bentleys www.bentleys-banchory.co.uk Dressing up or dressing down - you will find it all at Bentleys of Banchory with new Autumn collections ready to impress, no matter what you have planned. This season has been challenging but we have adapted to the needs of our customer and introduced more casual pieces. However, we have not lost that little bit Opening hours 9-30am to 5-30pm Monday-Saturday

of glamour you expect to find at Bentleys and JOSEPH RIBKOFF has made sure of that. This beautiful Canadian Collection is fabulous, each season he pulls it out of the bag and gets it just right. Get ready for Christmas no matter what you are doing. Dressing up will cheer you up.

32-36 High Street Banchory

Tel. 01330 825655 bentleys-banchory.co.uk



ay the ground work for sparkling eyes with Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado (£39, Kiehls.co.uk). This colder weather essential is enriched with nurturing avocado oil, helping to soothe dryness in the delicate area around the eyes and protecting the orbital bone. Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes to Mesmerise (£22, Charlottetilbury. com) is a beautiful eye cream which glides on, leaving a shimmering


and pigmented finish in no time at all. Perfect for mornings when you’re running late. The cream is designed to cool down the eyes and protect them from antioxidant radicals. With six shades to pick from, there’s one for every skin tone. Update your look by matching your eye makeup to the colour of your mask. This obviously works better with natural and pastel shades, unless you’re going full on Goth this season. Treat yourself by splurging out on the Yves Saint Laurent Couture Colour Clutch Paris eyeshadow palette (£100,

Selfridges.com). From soft neutral tones to sunny pops of pastels, this palette has an array of shades to accessorise alongside your mask. Brows remain thick and relatively natural. Try Charlotte Tilbury’s Brow Lift (£22.50, Feelunique.com). Not only will this give your brows a groomed look while filling any sparse areas along the brow line, you can also comb your fine hairs into place. Best of all, it comes in a great selection of shades from taupe to brunette to black, so there’s one for every hair colour. Face coverings mean that kohl is making a comeback and eye liners are more emphatic this season. If your eyeliner looks like you took a YouTube tutorial from the Joker rather than Catwoman, invest in Dior’s Diorshow Art Pen (£27.50, Dior.com). The fine tip allows for beautiful shapes to be drawn and the colour to be built up, making this liquid liner the perfect option for a daytime wear. It’s simple to create intense yet subtle winged eye liner looks from a stroke of a pen. When it comes to mascara, Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara (£22.50, Benefitcosmetics.com) is superb for curling and lifting lashes. It’s the next best thing to false lashes. A single coat gives you a natural day time lash look or you can build up several coats for a fuller look. It even comes in a mini size for £12 which is great for travel – even if it’s just a trip to the shops!


Aberdeen teen creates track and trace software solution

Technology start-up, io, enjoys successful first year Sami Brown, a fifteen year old pupil at Robert Gordon’s College has developed smartphone software which offers customer track and trace capabilities in just three clicks. Working with software developers at Dad Adrian’s digital solutions company Fennex, Sami created, fine-tuned and launched the ScanEasy system which offers a three-click, digital solution to collect customer data from visitors

in settings such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers, nurseries, sports groups and others. Prior to the introduction of local restrictions, Sami literally got on his bike to take the application to the local market and his efforts secured three city centre clients including CUP Café, Jojo’s Coffee Shop and Orka Artisan Café. To find out more on the ScanEasy app, visit scaneasy.co.uk

A technology start-up firm is reflecting on a successful first year in business which has seen strong demand for its strategy-first approach to IT from across the north-east. io is a managed IT solutions specialist that simplifies businesses’ technology requirements by helping empower people to increase their productivity and performance levels. The Aberdeen-based company has secured contracts in the energy, engineering, graphic design, and healthcare sectors, among others.

The company is led by experienced directors David McCready and Nick Pickering and provides IT support, consultancy, and strategy to small-and-medium-sized businesses throughout the UK and internationally. Commenting on the one-year milestone, David McCready said, ‘It’s been an extremely positive first year in business for io and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers and partners who have supported us as a new start-up’.


EXPERTS IN HEALTHCARE & SO MUCH MORE Charles Michie’s offers a comprehensive range of healthcare services and friendly, helpful advice. From prescriptions and over the counter medicines, to specialist skincare and podiatry, Charles Michies Pharmacy caters for all your family’s healthcare needs. If you’re heading overseas, we provide travel vaccinations and anti-malarials, in addition to passport photos and travel accessories, and with the flu season fast approaching, be sure to book in for your vaccination too! The store at 391 Union Street covers three floors, so take time to browser our Scottish gifts, fine foods and jewellery collections, then stop off in our café for a home made cake or bake! Fit fine! We also have community pharmacies in Rosemount, Banchory, Portlethen, Stonehaven, Inverbervie and Laurencekirk. michies.co.uk

Brunch at The Esslemont The Esslemont at 8 Union Street has recently introduced a brunch and lunch menu, serving from 11am to 2.30pm. The new menu features a delicious selection of dishes including Eggs Beneduck, Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes, a Full Scottish Breakfast and Smashed Avocado as well as classic lunch mains and sweet treats. Find out more at theesslemont.co.uk.

















e at one with nature in natural fabrics and autumn shades. Take your colour inspiration from falling leaves and hedgerow treasures in caramels, creams, coffees and russets, rosehip and berry shades. Accessorise with a steaming mug of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream and marshmallows… 01 © George at Asda 02 © Task PR 03 © Cotton Traders 04 © Joe Browns 05 © Cotton Traders 06 © Oliver Bonas 07 © George at Asda 08 © Task PR 09 © Task PR



When it comes to occasion dressing and black tie events, consider the kilt. A made to measure outfit will cost upwards of £1000, but it’s the ultimate in investment dressing


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A bespoke kilt and jacket will last for decades. It’s an outfit that makes almost any body shape look good and always draws admiring glances.

It makes sense to hire an outfit first to see if you feel comfortable wearing it, but if you attend a lot of events or you’re getting married, then having your own made to measure kilt in your own tartan is worth considering.

As well as clan, district, personal and organisational tartans, there are universal tartans such as Black Watch and Flower of Scotland that can be worn by anyone, whether they can trace their ancestors back to the Jacobites or not. The Welsh and Irish have tartans too. If you’re not sure about your clan tartan, your kilt maker will be able to show you a selection of appropriate patterns. There’s also a useful search facility called the Tartan Ferret, which will help you find tartans associated with your surname or other search options as well as an A-Z browsing option. tartansauthority.com/tartan-ferret/. Many clans have several tartans including ancient and hunting varieties, so you may have a few patterns to choose

from. The search facility doesn’t have every surname in the database, so you may need to go back into your family history to find a surname associated with a clan. If you really want to push the boat out, you can even design your own personal tartan at tartansauthority.com/tartan/ tartan-today/croft-weaver-tartan-designer/ then have it specially woven and made up into a kilt.

When it comes to selecting a sporran, avoid anything that resembles a folded badger or a full-length horsehair job that makes you look like the leader of a pipe band. If small children point and laugh, you’ve made the wrong choice. If sealskin seems cruel and leather is too plain, it’s possible to get vegan sporrans or ethically made sporrans that use roadkill.

Typically, a kilt uses eight yards of fabric and takes around 30 hours to make a hand sewn, knife edge version. If you’re not a fan of tartan, then kilts also come in plain colours and even black leather. The outfit is completed with a shirt and tie, long woollen socks with tartan flashes, kilt brogues, belt, a sporran and your choice of jacket and matching waistcoat. Fly plaids, which are worn over the shoulder are still favoured by some. Underwear is, by tradition, left at home.

Finishing touches include a Sgian Dubh dagger worn tucked down a sock and a kilt pin. There are bladeless daggers available for flights and even some which have a bottle opener, which are useful if you’re travelling to an international football or rugby fixture. As well as kilt stockists, most jewellers will have a selection of kilt pins, or if you fancy something more unusual, many will be able to create a bespoke pin in the form of your choice.

The Prince Charlie is the most formal style of jacket, generally coming in black or a dark shade that complements the kilt fabric. The cut is similar to a shortened tail coat and comes with silvered buttons. The Argyll Jacket is less ostentatious with silvered buttons on the packets and cuffs while a Braemar style is similar to a single breasted suit jacket. Lastly, tweed jackets are often worn to country events such as Highland Games. You’ll also find less traditional fabrics being used, such as velvets, for weddings.



beautiful choice for brides


an Carrington has always loved bridal gowns and weddings, so it’s no surprise that she’s opened her own wedding dress boutique on Holburn Street. Jan explained, ‘I adore nothing more than listening to brides talking about their wedding and seeing how happy they are. Weddings are such joyous occasions and it feels great to have taken the leap to opening my own shop’. Each bride is offered an exclusive appointment, having the whole shop to herself. Each of the gowns has been personally selected by Jan who is always happy to help you choose from the superb collection of gowns by Justin Alexander, Sincerity Bridal, Adore by Justin Alexander and Lillian West with prices from under £1000 to £2200. There’s a great selection of silhouettes, sizes and fabrics, so you’ll find everything from simple, elegant styles to showstoppers. Whether you want something traditional or very modern, Carrington’s is the place to look for your dream

dress. Jan has great taste and a great eye and will help you find the dress of your dreams. Dresses normally take 16-20 weeks to arrive once ordered, but faster deliveries are possible if your wedding plans have changed and Carrington’s have a close relationship with a highly skilled seamstress should further alterations be required. You’ll even find some gorgeous bridesmaid dresses in store, as well as veils and headpieces from Morilee by Madeline Gardner. ‘Many brides have had to postpone or adapt their weddings, but no matter if your wedding is tiny, or your plans have changed, it’s all about marrying the person you love. Once you’ve found your perfect match, we’re here to help you find the perfect dress’. 192 Holburn Street, Aberdeen AB10 6DA Tel: 01224 590491 carringtonsbridal.co.uk carringtonsbridal











Scotland's only custom-built float room (aka Sensory Deprevation room), allowing your body and mind to destress in a weightless environment.

Medical evidence suggests Floating can benefit those suffering with a variety of conditions, such as insomnia, arthritis, MS, fybromyalgia, injury recovery, bone-related or skin conditions. Plus, alleviates physical tension, decreases cortisol stress hormone levels and heightens the senses. It’s great for mindfulness practice, increasing endorphins and soothing pain. Maybe you simply need some deep relaxation time, as some say, there is nothing on earth that is so profoundly relaxing than a float. URBAN WELLNESS HUB 6 Balgownie Dr, Bridge of Don, AB22 8FD urbanwellnessfloat.co.uk

Normally, Trend’s Christmas Fayre is a must-visit in November. Partly, it’s the festive atmosphere, partly it’s the fizz, but mainly it’s the chance to see and buy from local businesses. It’s quite the most civilised way to do your Christmas shopping. Since, like most festive events, it won’t be taking place this year, we thought we’d bring it into the magazine instead. So prise the lid off the Quality Street, pour yourself a prosecco and peruse our very own 12 days of Christmas…

“I'm an abstract artist based in Aberdeen and I create vibrant, textured artworks using acrylic paint on canvas. From my original paintings I have created scarves, stationery, art prints, mugs and Christmas cards to brighten up everyday life. I also have a beautiful collection of hand painted Christmas baubles.” Email address: stefmacari@hotmail.com Etsy shop link: etsy.com/uk/shop/StefMacariArt

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me... a partridge in a pear tree A partridge in a pear tree might sound decorative, but as Kirsty, our gardening guru, points out, pear trees are deciduous, so we’re looking at an overgrown bunch of twigs and a pretty confused and possibly nervously incontinent bird. When it comes to trees and decorations we can do better. Whether you’re looking for an artificial tree or the real deal, try Mains of Drum Garden Centre. You’ll find everything from tiny table trees to ceiling scraping 8ft fir trees in their winter wonderland. Luckily they’ll deliver for you if your choice won’t fit in the car. They also have a good selection of gifts available to buy in store or online at shop.mainsofdrum.co.uk/gifts If your tree could use an injection of glamour, Aberdeen-based abstract artist Stefanie Macari’s fabulous hand-painted Christmas Tree Baubles cost £22 for a set of four from etsy.com/uk/shop/StefMacariArt Stef’s site

also has a wide selection of her vibrant scarves, mugs, Christmas cards, stationery, art prints and originals. Stef’s scarves are particularly worth seeking out. There are so many wonderful colour combinations in her trademark painterly style and at just £25, they would make an ideal gift. All Stef’s work is well priced, with her original paintings coming in at just £45. If you’re looking for something decorative but different check out EarthStore at The Urban Wellness Hub in Bridge of Don. It has a vast array of crystals, candle holders, essential oils, skincare products, salt and selenite lamps as well as geodes, and health and wellbeing gifts like angel cards, sage sticks and incense. There’s also a wide selection of books, so EarthStore is perfect if you need a gift for someone with an interest in new age practices, complementary therapies or who could use some help with relaxation and self-care. earthstore.co.uk/home

Aberdeen’s largest range of Himalayan Salt and Selenite Lamps; Selenite and Amethyst T-Light holders. Rose-Quartz hearts, Labradorite Unicorn-heads, Amethyst displays, tumblestones, sage, incense sticks, smudging kits, Angel Cards, massive amounts of SHUNGITE products, organite jewellery, crystal and silver necklaces and so much more. Diffusers, Ionisers, humidifiers and doTerra® essential oils. Contact: Nigel on 07488 385013 earthstore.co.uk


On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Two Turtle Doves Frankly, it’s not that easy to get hold of turtle doves. The RSPB says that they arrive in here late April or May and have cleared off in search of warmer climes by September. If you have nature lovers you’d like to delight with your choice of gift, our suggestions include heading to local photographer and framer Iain Glennie’s website, where you’ll find some beautiful photographic wildlife prints and landscapes from his travels across the globe. Some of the prints come complete with handmade frames for a ready to hang gift. Prices range from £15 to £38.95 including free UK delivery, so it’s a great choice for relatives that live elsewhere in the country. We like the Chinstrap Penguins best, but see what appeals to you at etsy.com/shop/PhotosbyIainGlennie If you’re more into painting than photography, check out Jane McMillan’s work at janemcmillanart.com Scottish landscapes, the sea, sky and hills form the subjects of her incredible oils, acrylics and mixed media work. The West coast provides her with a rich palette of colours and mood, while the East Coast seascapes are more reserved and restrained, capturing the ambiance perfectly. Her use of oils and cold waxes is particularly interesting and we’d be pretty happy to find her acrylic of the sands at Forvie or the Ythan Estuary oil under the tree on Christmas morning. Jane also offers a selection of quality giclee prints of her atmospheric work. So much better than turtle doves!

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Three French Hens We’re beginning to worry that our true love seems a little bit fixated on sending people things with feathers. Perhaps he thinks we’re going to eat the French Hens? If so, he’d have won more favour if he’d made his purchases from the delicious treats on offer at Pure Decadence by Loch Aurora. Katrina McLellan’s company offers dipping kits, treat filled baubles and Christmas stockings packed with fudgy delights, chocolates and festive flavours. We recommend the Belgian Chocolate Fudge. They also make their own marshmallows, tablet, rocky road and macarons which all come in fully home compostable packaging. They even offer vegan options as well as crackers filled with your choice of flavoured fudge to bring a unique touch to your Christmas meal. The range would make great corporate gifts and their small or large gift bags would make any recipient happy. lochaurora.co.uk Food is a major part of the festive season and we’re lucky to have some great artisan food producers and farm shops across Aberdeenshire. Finzean Farm Shop stands out, not just because of its idyllic setting and support for the surrounding rural community, but also because it has everything from beef raised on the estate’s farm, seasonal wild venison and game, locally supplied meat, vegetables and fruit, artisan cheeses, eggs, freshly baked bread, Finzean honey, preserves with a wide selection of delicatessen and other food sundries. You can pick up so much of what you need for a gourmet Christmas and even some home-made ready meals for that post-festive sofa slump. The walls are covered in local art, which is available to buy and the upstairs area has a selection of quirky gifts, books, crafts and toys. Round off your visit with a meal in the café or plump for Afternoon Tea. Check it out at finzean.com/farmshop A decent cheeseboard strikes us as a Christmas essential. Try Devenick Dairy, based at Banchory-Devenick, for an outstanding range of artisan cheeses that are made on the Groat family farm. The Groat’s have been farming here for over sixty years and created their first cheese back in 2006. Now the range has expanded to include Crynoch Blue, the chilli-spiked Devil’s Bite, Fet Like, Deeside Red and Smoked Deesider. Most of their cheeses are suitable for vegetarians and they also do a killer cheesecake. You can buy gift vouchers or their well-priced gift boxes from £20-£35 and there are also some seasonal specials. devenickdairy.co.uk

Photography On my travels over the years I’ve developed a passion for photography, especially wildlife in their natural environment. I also like photographing landscapes from around the world. I have in the past few years travelled to the Artic, Antarctic, India and several trips to the continent of Africa in my quest for the unusual photographs. I have examples on my etsy site for everyone to view/buy. etsy.com/uk/shop/IainGlenniePhoto

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Jane McMillan Jane’s work focusses on the fabulous skies, seas and mountains of our Scottish Landscapes. Working with a variety of media and a contemporary style she aims to capture the drama of our ever-changing weather on the landscape, creating images that draw you into the moment. janemcmillanart.com 07709 669838


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On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Four Calling Birds When it comes to calling birds, we’d rather have the sort that feature in many of the very talented Catherine Redgate’s illustrations. Catherine’s work is inspired by her enthusiasm for the little things that make life special and her love of illustration, which combine to make a range of homeware and gifts that will bring a smile to your face. Adorned with charming characters including cheeky seagulls and mischievous bears, Catherine’s product range has something for everyone - there’s even an illustrated coastal card game that the whole family will enjoy. Catherine’s work has previous featured in several sculpture trails across Scotland. You can see her range at catherine-redgate.co.uk If you like to get all your gift shopping done in one go, head to Braemar where you’ll find the Braes O’ Mar collection of clothing and gift shops. The emphasis is very much on quality and sustainability, rather than fast, disposable fashion. Highlights include Harley’s of Scotland ethically-produced knitwear which is made in Scotland, scarves, throws and blankets from Lochcarron, amazingly cosy Samantha Holmes alpaca knitwear and a colourful selection of berets and knitwear from Melrose-based Eribé. The gift shops offer a well-chosen selection of local and handmade Scottish gifts, so you’ll find something for even the most awkward people on your present list. facebook.com/braesomar/

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Five Gold Rings Our true love may have missed the mark so far, but quite a lot of us would be happy with something small, shiny and sparkly under the tree. If five gold rings seems a little over the top, then one of our choices will have what you’re looking for, or can make a unique piece for you. If you’re less certain about what someone would like, then Finnies on George Street have huge selection of designer watchers and jewellery as well as gifts like photo frames, pens, glassware and some beautiful jewellery boxes. Finnies are a family business with over sixty years’ experience. They stock top brands like Bell & Ross, Breitling, Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Citizen, Frederique Constant, Gucci, Hugo Boss, IWC, Longines, Omega, Rado, Raymond Weil, Seiko, Tissot and Tudor and often have special offers. If you can’t make it to the store, then they have a great online shop at finnies.com, with some surprising bargains in the sale section to help your budget go that bit further. finnies.com

Husband and wife designer-makers Duncan and Jacqui Grant of Lava Jewellery in Peterculter offer several ready to wear jewellery collections based on the local landscapes of the north of Scotland and there’s always something covetable in the studio shop. Their bespoke designs feature in the collections of several members of the Royal family and they are regarded as amongst the most accomplished Scottish makers. Jacqui has a great eye for design and can help you create something stunning from scratch, or they remodel existing pieces into something you’ll love forever. See for yourself at lavajewellery.co.uk or make a design appointment. If you’d like to have a piece created especially for a special someone, then Sandy Menzies’s combination of traditional skills and cutting edge design technology could provide the perfect solution. Sandy will work with you to design a piece that’s uniquely your own, using the stones and metals of your choice and involving you at every stage in the process, through CAD drawings and wax models. If

you are gifting a piece, you can even agree a budget and pay in advance, then Sandy will take the lucky recipient through the process from initial ideas to final piece. Find out more at sandymenziesjewellery.co.uk Sara Harper works in silver, making textured pieces with a relaxed, casual vibe. She uses hammers, rolled collage techniques and cuttlefish casting to create a range of eyecatching designs set with stones and sea-glass. Sara takes her inspiration from the natural world around her and is based in Aberdeen. We particularly like her Highland cows and her little cottage pendant, though a stack of her bangles would also make a welcome gift. Her work is hallmarked in Edinburgh and you can see it and buy it through her Facebook page at facebook.com/saraharper128


Quality clothing cashmere, merino, alpaca & Harris tweed Country & outdoor clothing High-quality woollen blankets, throws, scarves & soft sheepskins Traditional Scottish & unusual gifts Open seven days 10am - 5pm Unit 1, The Mews, Mar Road, Braemar AB35 5YL Tel. 013397 41444 Email. info@braesomar.com braesomar

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Six Geese-a-laying WIN A NEWBORN OR FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY session with Susan Renée at Kingshill Studios Enter our prize draw to win a beautiful family or newborn portrait including the digital portraits. There will be runners up prizes too! To enter visit: kingshillstudios.co.uk/contact-us and complete the form. Select ‘I would like to win a Photoshoot!’ in the subject line. GOOD LUCK!

Although geese have been a traditional mainstay of Christmas dinners since the Victorian era, six is probably a few too many, particularly if we’re going to be limited to a six-adult gathering. So where should you head in search of a local supplier of geese, turkey or game birds? Our choice would be your local butcher, who will have birds that can be traced back to the farm it came from. If you’d rather go direct, the multi-award winning barrabronzes.co.uk offer high welfare free-range turkeys from their website with farm gate collection on December 23rd or 24th. Ledmacoy Turkeys also offer free-range turkeys from their third generation family farm in Strathdon. You can order on their website, which also has a handy guide to working out how large your bird needs to be. See for yourself at ledmacoyturkeys.co.uk

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Seven Swans-a-Swimming Nice, because who wouldn’t appreciate a present that will take up all the room in the bath and might attack you if you stare at it? Instead, we have a couple of relaxing alternatives. Urban Wellness Float offers a unique relaxation and restoration therapy in their special float chambers. Floating has been shown to offer many wellbeing benefits including increasing dopamine levels. The Float Room is light-proof and sound-proof providing stress-free down time and space to unwind. It’s the perfect anti-dote to festive frenzy. It’s very rewarding, deeply relaxing and quite unlike anything you’ll have tried before. Treat yourself to a pre-or post-festive float and feel all the stress and cares in the world just disappear. Find out more at urbanwellnessfloat.co.uk Wallflowers by Nik also offers a slower approach to life. Rather than sending texts and e-mails, why not revive the art of the letter by sending some of her beautiful cards and stationery to your friends and loved ones. A simple card can brighten up someone’s whole day. Nik Munro creates gorgeous cards for every occasion. We particularly love her signature range of Scottish birds, wildlife and local landscapes around Deeside, Inverurie and Speyside and her gloriously atmospheric winter bird studies that would make the most stylish Christmas cards this season. You can also order prints in any size to suit by e-mailing her at wallflowersbynik@gmail.com and you can see her entire range of cards at nikmunro.smugmug.com If you’re looking for gifts with artistic flair, then don’t miss the Pryde Gallery at 87 Great Western Road. You’ll find artist John Pryde’s colourful canvasses and limited edition prints, priced from £49. Pryde also stocks exclusive home fragrances, lighting, furniture and design-led home and interior accessories for Christmas and forever. The stock changes constantly, so there’s always something new to discover, including some fabulous Christmas decorations and gifts. If you can’t make your mind up, then John also offers gift vouchers and can even arrange furniture delivery for a small charge. prydegallery.co.uk

Sara Harper Jewellery Handcrafted silver jewellery designs using a range of hammered textures cuttlefish casts & collages, with a range of set stones & sea glass. Designs inspired from the beautiful Scottish environment.

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On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Eight Maids-a Milking Obviously, we had to send them back, because of the Rule of Six and because we can think of a couple of better options for gifting. Essentially You are a rural Aberdeenshire skincare and soap company run by mother and daughter team Diane and Molly. They hand-produce eco-friendly soaps using traditional cold process and met and pour techniques, as well as skincare products which are free of palm oil free and parabens. Many of the products include essential oils as Diane is a qualified aromatherapist. The talented team also make bath salts, lotion bars and have a delightful range of gift sets. The soaps, including the delightfully fresh lemon and peppermint anti-microbial soap, start at just £4 each and would make idea stocking fillers. See the range at essentiallyyousoap.com

It may be traditional to leave some milk and cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve - though in our house, Santa insists on a single malt but Orchid, the award-winning cocktail bar on Langstane Place have come up with a much better idea. They’ve been offering cocktail deliveries locally during the pandemic and add new cocktails each week, so there’s always a new experience to try. In November they’ll be expanding on this by offering a cocktail subscription package, with vacuum pouch sealed cocktails posted through their letterbox once or twice a month. Each cocktail will be ready to drink and arrive in a vacuum sealed pouch along with a garnish. It’s the perfect gift for the discerning drinker. Check it out at orchidcocktails.com

Beautiful candles, wax melts and diffusers, handmade in Aberdeenshire. With a carefully selected range of fragrances and an array of gift boxes, you are certain to find something you’ll love, whether you are looking for something for your own home or for a unique gift.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Nine Ladies Dancing Rather than ladies dancing, we’ve gone for some suggestions that will have the ladies in your life smiling. Martina Mackay is an Inverurie-based aesthetic beauty specialist with a magical touch when it comes to making you look your best. She’s particularly gifted when it comes to anti-aging treatments and problem skin, using treatments such as Plasma fibroblasts, dermapen and micro-needling to refresh the skin and stimulate collagen production. Martina is offering 20% off all treatments at the moment, so there’s never been a better time to invest in looking good. Her treatments are suitable for men as well as women and you can also order gift vouchers. Find her on Facebook at Aestheticsbeautyinverurie No.18 on Chapel Street always bring some sparkling seasonal style to gift shopping. This will be owner Angela Buchan’s fourth Christmas Shop and you’ll find a fab selection of cards to send to relations and loved ones, along with beautiful

festive gift packaging. You’ll find gifts for lots of people on your list, with a great range of fashion accessories, gloves, hats, jewellery, scarves and slippers. Brands stocked include LSA, Katie Loxton, Powder, Joma and Jellycat. We love the framed prints, scented candles and they fact that they will wrap your gifts for you. No18-Gifts-and-Cards House of Tapir were founded earlier this year, but they’ve already built a great reputation for producing beautiful handmade candles, wax melts and diffusers from their base in Fordoun. They place an emphasis on simple, timeless design, and have a carefully chosen range of fragrances, including some you won’t find elsewhere like Wood Sage and Sea Salt. They also have gift boxes ranging from £22 to £85 so you are certain to find something for any space in your home or a gift to suit friends. House of Tapir offer complimentary gift packaging with every order, which is great if your wrapping skills are limited. They have a range of delivery options. Order online at houseoftapir.com

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An independent baby and nursery store located just off the A96 a few miles outside Inverurie. We offer a large range of nursery and children's goods to include prams, car seats, nursery furniture, reusable nappies, clothes, wooden toys and focus on safety, sustainability and ethical sourcing. We are the car seat specialists within Aberdeenshire.


THE ART OF CHRISTMAS See John Pryde's stunning original artwork and limited edition prints, priced from £49. Pryde stocks gorgeous home fragrances and exclusive home and interior accessories for Christmas and forever. Gift vouchers available.

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Aberdeenshire soap and skincare products produced in small batches using luxury oils and butters, blended with the purest of essential oils, leaving your skin feeling loved. Using eco-friendly packaging, Essentially You are doing their bit for the environment. E: essentiallyyousoap@btinternet.com essentiallyyousoap.com

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Ten Lords-aLeaping Let’s opt for something that’ll set grandparents’ hearts a leaping with joy instead. How about a beautiful portrait of the family? Nothing else comes close when it comes to brownie points. Photographer Susan Renée owns Kingshill Studios, a leading luxury portrait studio, on the outskirts of the city. Susan specialises in both new-born and family photography ensuring those precious moments are captured and that they last a lifetime. Whether you’d prefer to have indoor portraits in the studio or natural, relaxed outdoor portraits, Susan makes it a great experience for the whole family and her portraits really capture you at your best. You can book a session at kingshillstudios.co.uk Or maybe some leaping flames? Aroma K Candles is a local family run business who offer beautiful hand poured luxury candles, reed diffusers and wax melts in a range of fragrances and styles to make that perfect gift or gently scent your home with seasonal aromas. AromaK candles are hand poured using 100% natural wax containing hydrated soya oil. Scents include Snow Fairy, Winter Time and Cranberry Twist. The products are made to order, so it’s best to place your orders at aromakcandles.com three or four weeks before Christmas to allow for delivery.

Tel: 01224 646032 18 Chapel Street Aberdeen AB10 1SP

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Eleven Pipers Piping It goes without saying that the neighbours were not best pleased when half a pipe band showed up first thing in the morning! Rather than anything involving bagpipes, we’d suggest checking out Shennan’s Ceramics. Ceramicist Amy Shennan Pates is based near Turriff and the landscape of the North East of Scotland clearly inspire her work, from sweeping fields of barley to the harsh cliff faces of the coast and local wildlife. Her quirky Hare’s Ware range is based on lively sketches of mountain hares and her Sky to Sea tableware, with its overlapping impressionistic glazes, reflects the evening sky and ocean depths. They’ll also make your culinary efforts look good. Amy is also happy to make bespoke pieces if you have something special in mind. You can buy pieces from shennansceramics.com

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Twelve Drummers Drumming

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When it comes to Christmas gifts for small children, we have a soft spot for drum kits and other musical toys. The kids love them, but the parents, well, maybe not so much. If you still want to be on speaking terms with the grown-ups, then head to Gifted at 68 Countesswells Road. It’s a charming little shop with a superb selection of gifts for kids from Orange Tree Toys. You’ll also find jewellery, scented candles and home fragrances, homeware gifts, helium balloons and Christmas cards and gift wrap that will set your parcels apart. You’ll find gifts for everyone on your list, whether they’ve been naughty or nice and some cute decorations to make your tree sparkle. facebook.com/GiftedAberdeen If you need to find a gift for a baby, toddler or parents-to-be, then Daisy Tree Baby Boutique is the place to go. Daisy Tree is open from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10-5pm at Ryehill in Oyne near Inverurie, or you can shop online at daisytreebabyboutique.co.uk You can also make an appointment to shop on a Sunday. They have super little woodland animal toys and dinosaurs at under a fiver that’d be great as stocking fillers, or a surreal Nativity Scene. As well as appealing soft toys, there’s a wonderful selection of wooden and educational toys, alongside clothing, baby essentials and everything to kit out both the nursery and the new arrival. So there you have it, just about everything you need for a great Christmas and all available locally. Isn’t that so much better than a partridge in a pear tree?

Aroma K Candles are a local family run business who offer beautiful hand poured luxury candles, reed diffusers and wax melts in a range of fragrances and styles to make that perfect gift or a great addition to your home. aromakcandles.com 07762661030

Gifts for all the family & your home Candles & home fragrances Jewellery Brands including Katie Loxton, Hot-tomato, Gracee, Orange Tree toys, Shearer Candles Wide range of helium balloons & party accessories Cards, gift bags, wrapping accessories Christmas cards, gifts & decorations 68D Countesswells Road, Aberdeen Gifted Aberdeen

WHEEL THROWN POTTERY BY AMY SHENNAN PATES With inspiration drawn from my natural surrounding landscape, being the sweeping fields of barley to the harsh cliff faces of the coast and the many animals found living there, I create my unique table-ware and vases. I enjoy exploring glaze technology to further develop my range of colours. I love working around new ideas and making bespoke pieces as well so if you have an idea for a unique piece of pottery please feel free to get in touch. North Millseat, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, AB53 5PY  shennansceramics.com


Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Award finalists 2020 announced The biannual Aberdeenshire Architectural and Landscape Design Awards has issued a shortlist of 27 buildings competing for this year’s awards across six categories. The broad variety of submissions ranged from a hotel, to a Pictish stone shelter to a community garden. Finalists include Redwood Glen Strachan and the Old Forge at Tomindhu, Silver Birches at Alford, Deans Coffee Stop and the Fife Arms at Braemar. Further information on the finalists can be found at aberdeenshire.gov.uk/ planning/built-heritage/aberdeenshiredesign-awards

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Eating healthily, and choosing foods which are rich in immune system boosting ingredients, has never been more important. As we are in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, and at the start of the annual cold and flu season, the best way to get the whole family tucking into their five a day is a warming, hearty bowl of soup.

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Get into the habit of putting a pan of soup on the stove or a slow cooker each day. It’s perfect for using up any leftovers and sneaking in loads of vegetables. Blend your soups and even the fussiest eaters won’t turn their noses up. Combining protein rich lentils and pulses with nutrient-dense vegetables such as kale or spinach, can help combat sneezes and sniffles whilst heating you up on a cold, rainy day. Herbs such as coriander are great for reducing any inflammation in the

body, whilst aiding digestion. Ginger and turmeric are rich in antioxidants and delicious when paired with carrots. Mushrooms can have high levels of vitamin D while broccoli and red peppers are packed with vitamin C, which is great for fighting off cold and flu symptoms. By weight, red peppers have three times the vitamin C of oranges. A simple cream of broccoli soup is quick and easy to prepare and delicious topped with grated cheese. Red peppers go really well with tomatoes and fresh herbs. Adding in fresh or dried pasta or a little chicken or fish can also turn this into an evening meal in minutes. A simmering pan of soup will fill your home with a wonderful aroma that will have the whole family flocking to the kitchen. What could be better than home-made soup and some crusty bread?


Doric Film Festival set to return

Following the runaway success of the first two Doric Film Festivals, the second annual event is now inviting entries until November 1st and is asking applications to create a film around the theme: ‘Jist Faar I Bide.’ There are nine awards across three categories, namely individuals, schools and community groups. Each will receive £500 towards the cost of producing a five-minute film which will be screened during an online event in spring 2021. Participants need not be experienced film-makers as there will be the opportunity to learn key skills during the production process. To find out more, visit doricfilmfestival.com

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V Preschool ballet: Wed 2.50-3.30pm (3yrs +) V Nursery ballet: Fri 2.40-3.10pm (2.5yrs +) 12 Academy Street, AB11 6DZ Tel: 01224 211017 E: info@academystreet-dance.co.uk Academystreetdancestudio academystreet_dance

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Right now, our homes are our sanctuaries, safe havens from the world and all that happens in it. Abandon hard edged industrial looks for something softer, comforting and more whimsical, creating magical interiors filled with personal meaning. Go for rich colours, sensuous fabrics, extravagant trimmings and rounded shapes with a touch of fantasy. Take your inspiration from 1001 Nights or Disney Princesses rather than the Brothers Grimm… 01 © Circu / 02 © Lights4fun / 03 © Annabel James / 04 © Bombay Duck / 05 © Atkin and Thyme 06 © Sweetpea & Willow / 07 © Antipodream / 08 © Sonya Winner Rug Studio / 09 © Bobby Rabbit 10 © Poundland / 11 © The French Bedroom Co / 12 © Circu / 13 © Wild & Wolf


THE GYM AT ARDOE HOUSE HOTEL & SPA HAS REOPENED! To celebrate, we’re offering new members three months access to this state-of-the-art facility, including pool, for just £99 per person.* Your safety is our number one priority and we’ve put measures in place to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable during your workout. • Increased studio space • Masks must be worn in the communal gym areas • Track and Trace in operation • Hand sanitiser stations throughout • Hourly sanitisation of all equipment and high touch points

• For extra safety, members are asked to clean down equipment before and after use We’re open daily from 8am - 8pm with plenty of free parking available. Whatever your fitness goals for 2020 and beyond, we've got you covered. Ardoe House Hotel & Spa South Deeside Road, Blairs, Aberdeen, AB21 5PY Tel: 01224 860600 ardoehouseblairs.co.uk *terms and conditions apply

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Dog loving duo launch Nose 2Tail Dog Boutique When Rachael Alsop and Reece Morrison found it difficult to get natural treats and products for their dog Chester, they decided to start their own online business. Nose 2 Tail Dog Boutique provides natural foods, treats, toys and other premium products for the most pampered of pooches. They even have a selection of Festive gifts for four-legged friends. nose2taildogboutique.co.uk

Enjoy autumn for longer Autumn is all about colour. Splashes of yellows, oranges and reds turn gardens into vibrant pictures that get immortalised by talented artists. But once the rich hues disappear, our interest in the garden often fades. The show is over. The scene is monochrome and we patiently wait for spring to inject even subtle tinges of colour here and there.

Just imagine the bark of a ‘snow-white’ birch next to the ‘fiery reds’ of willow shoots. Or the ‘golden’ needles of yews hovering over ‘beetroot-red’ elephant’s ears. Inhale the perfumed flowers as you walk past the leafless witch hazels and arrowwoods. Think berries! Those delicious jewels on rowans and firethorns enjoyed by your feathered singing friends.

Most plants go dormant in winter. The leaves fall from trees and expose their trunks and branches, herbaceous foliage dies back baring the ground. Don’t you fall asleep too - look at refining that backbone structure. Consider where pops of colour would work best.

For scheming the perfect picture, contact Papillon Designs & Landscaping Ltd, and for more inspiration visit our website. Tel: 01224 791569 papillonlandscape.co.uk


Charles Skene said, ‘It’s incredible to think that my original vision of nearly 50 years ago has never been more appropriate than now. It’s almost as if the collection was specifically designed for the challenges posed by the pandemic. Providing independent and self-contained, fully furnished 1, 2 and 3 bedroom ‘turnkey’ apartments with the benefit of carefully planned and safely delivered services’. Weekly housekeeping and 24/7 reception services are available.


ucked away in Grosvenor Terrace, behind Skene House Whitehall, there are 12 exclusive serviced apartments, which form part of Skene House’s Extended Stay collection. Skene House Whitehall is arranged around a central courtyard garden with mature trees and lawns, a socially distance patio area and even a herb garden. The neighbourhood offers great independent and local shops and boutiques for everyday needs. Victoria and Westburn Parks are a short walk or jog away and provide entertainment and activities, such as tennis courts, for adults and children alike. As well as Skene House Whitehall, the company offers the best of apartment living combined with hotel services at Whitehall Place and Esslemont Avenue.

Skene House also offers short stay serviced apartments on Union Grove, for stays of 5 nights or more and rental apartments conveniently located in the west end and city centre. Skene House have been providing corporate housing solutions since 1972 when Charles Skene decided to create a better alternative to an ordinary hotel room for families and individuals who were relocating to Aberdeen in the early days of the oil boom.

All services have been adapted to be safe and Skene House achieved VisitScotland’s ‘We’re Good to Go’ certification in recognition of its compliance with Scottish Government regulations for safe operations.

Please contact Skene House for more information: stay@skene-house.co.uk or +44 (0) 1224 659392.

With more of us discovering our gardens in recent months, we’ve come to realise how important it is to have that outdoor space, Kirsty McLean looks at ways to help you make your garden work to the max‌


Gardening for health and wellbeing Zoning Dividing off ‘utility’ (storage, clothes drying, bins, log store etc) so that you keep the main garden as a calm space to be in.

materials and price points. Start with carrots, onions, chives and leeks which are all pretty easy to grow. If you have a small space, then herbs are a good way to go. Try rosemary, sage, wild rocket, marjoram, parsley

Playroom Creating an outdoor play kitchen with open shelves from wood, slate, granite, marble or any sustainable material, can provide the base for a multitude of activities. Chalkboards fixed onto a fence or wall can provide endless opportunities for fun. We all need a bit of ‘space ‘so how about a covered den using wigwams or living willow.

Outdoor Entertaining Focus on creating a social space so that friends and family can visit. Developing an area that is dedicated to this, whatever the size is proving to be hugely popular. Include shelter for all weathers to make it season-proof by using a gazebo or fixing a sail cloth, attaching awnings or simply put up a garden umbrella. You can add-in light and heating under these too. Outdoor cushions and warm throws make being outdoors in autumn and winter doubly doable.

Growing your own Great for health and wellbeing and a wonderful activity to do as a family. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is very popular. You can recycle containers or chose raised beds, trugs or planters in a vast array of styles,

Wildlife/Nature/ Wellbeing As we spend much more time in the garden, it seems we have connected with nature on a whole different level. We’ve become aware of the relationship between what we plant and how this attracts wildlife and forms ecosystems. Growing plants that are pollinators makes for wonderful watching, as the bees, butterflies, insects and birds all thrive on their existence. All these plants are pretty easy to grow in most situations and are good pollinators, so they are idea for first time gardeners: Spring: Bergenia, Ribes, Quince, Primulas, Euphorbia, Mahonia and Alpines

Summer: Lavender, Marjoram, Scabious, Foxgloves, Leucanthemum, Cat Mint, Echinaceas, Buddlejas, Cotoneaster, Honeysuckles and Alpines Autumn: Sedum Spectabile, Aster daisies, Japanese Anemones Winter: Hellebores, Sweet Box, Purpus Honeysuckle, Crocus and Snowdrops If you have a small space, then how about trying a mobile meadow? I love this concept, which was introduced by Isabelle Palmer the author of ‘Modern Container Gardening’. The idea is that you cut wildflower turf (available from a number of online companies in Scotland) to fit compost filled pots. The turf is easy to establish, and the wildflowers will attract bees, butterflies and all types of insects... and look beautiful too! If you have a larger space with a sizeable lawn, perhaps you could devote some of it to wildflower turf and mow paths through it or if you have a shed, you can give it a living roof using Sedum matting or wildflower turf. Even if you have no gardening experience, there’s so much that can be achieved in even the smallest of spaces to help us enhance the quality of our lives, benefitting our environment and our mental and physical wellbeing in the process.

Christmas trends 2020

Charlotte Garvie, owner of the Christmas Decorators, talks us through the trends that will make our homes look gorgeously luxurious this year.

From Christmas trees to Christmas garlands, and everything in between, we are starting to see an emerging trend for over the top opulence this festive season like never before.

For most of us 2020 has been a year that we would rather forget with its daily rollercoaster of ups and downs. But now, with less than 100 days to the Christmas countdown, we are starting to look at how we can make the most of what remains of this year and create a magical experience like no other. Whilst things may still be a bit uncertain in the outside world, our homes offer a cosy haven which we can completely transform; creating fun and lasting memories with our families and friends.

With the cancellation of Christmas markets and events, I think we’ll see more people entertaining at home this year throughout the December period. We are already experiencing an increase in residential decor installs as clients look to embrace the festive spirit and keep the Christmas magic alive. In some ways Christmas 2020 will be more simplistic than in years past but in terms of decor the main theme that has emerged this year is opulence, and the more of it the better! And what’s more opulent than jewels and precious stones. Here are three trends that will make your home look amazing.


Emerald & Gold This is an emerging trend for 2020, known as Decadent Christmas Deco which uses striking colours like emerald or fir green to create an elegant and upmarket background with a traditional twist. Coupled with golden accessories and motifs such as jewelled deer ornaments and real pine cones, you can marry these two colours stylishly to create a Christmas flair which is reminiscent of the 1920s.

Amethyst &Turquoise Influenced by the striking architecture and jewels of the Art Nouveau period, the style is glamorous and opulent with rich materials and extravagant accessories, including bold characters such as peacocks. Mix luxe materials such as velvet, silk and metallics to create depth and colour as a background for peacock feathers and glass ornaments. A move away from the traditional Christmas palette for those who want to go all out on the opulence front.

Ruby & Sapphire Inspired by European sculpture and painting from the Renaissance this theme takes the regal and luxurious elements of this era and updates them with a contemporary twist through the use of rubies, sapphires and feathers. Elegant and ornate, this theme uses extravagant feathers, a palette of contrasting gems and gold for a touch of luxury which will add texture and indulgence to your home.

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his year, many of the usual family activities that mark the run up to Christmas are on hold. There will be no chance to enjoy some piping hot roast chestnuts or succulent bratwurst in a bun as you wander the stalls in the Christmas Village. Many pantomimes and concert performances have been cancelled and there are only so many times you can watch Shrek the Halls and Miracle on 34th Street without starting to feel like the Grinch. Instead, why not make Christmas magical by getting together as a family and making cards, decorations, gifts and festive treats? There are plenty of kits, ideas and recipes out there that will work for kids of any age group. If they look a bit scruffy and you get glitter everywhere, well, that’s just part of the fun. It could be the start of a whole new festive tradition‌

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Stock up on craft materials for card or decoration making on a visit to Hobbycraft, The Range or The Works, or try a discount online supplier like kidsstuffforless.uk. Look for ceramic or wooden baubles that can be painted, or glass or plastic versions that can be filled with miniature scenes. You could also choose some 3D letters to spell out a festive message for the kids to paint and decorate. You can also buy a couple of card making magazines, which come loaded with all the bits you need. If you’re feeling more adventurous, Searchpress.com has some great craft books including super-cute Amigurumi crochet animals and Christmas figures as well as toy making.

Younger kids Salt dough is really simple to make and can be used to create everything from tree decorations to door wreaths. You can even make gift tags. Just mix up 250g plain flour, 125g table salt and about 125ml of water until it comes together into a ball. Line baking sheets with silicone paper, pre-heat your oven to its lowest setting. Roll out the dough then cut out or mould your shapes. Try snowmen, Santa hats, holly leaves and tree baubles or download a template for a gingerbread house or reindeer sleigh if you’re feeling particularly ambitious. Remember to make a hole if you want to string the final creations. Transfer them to the baking sheet, bake for around 3 hours till solid. Cool then decorate with acrylic paints, felt tips, or glitter glue.

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You can also cut out Christmas Tree shapes in thick card or get pre-made wooden ones then get little ones wrap them with green ribbon or wool. Add a few pompoms to decorate. You can use other shapes like snowmen, reindeer, or stockings and decorate in the same way. Cracker kits are also pretty easy for school age children to make. Most supermarkets will have them. Little ones can help fill them and decorate. Set a price limit for the gifts and let your kids choose them. Pound shops are great for this, but do make sure the gifts will fit in the crackers.

Older kids Older kids may enjoy creating bath bombs for relatives. Use any kind of flexible mould for the best results. If you want to make lager batches, it’s worth seeking out bulk supplies online to keep costs down. This recipe will make four half ball bath bombs. They take up to four hours to set. 100g bicarbonate of soda, 50g citric acid, 25g cornflour, 25g Epsom salts (optional), 2 tbsp. sunflower, coconut or olive oil, about 10-15 drops of essential oil – frankincense and myrrh are festive, as are pine and cinnamon, a few drops of food colouring and perhaps some dried petals, lavender or orange peel. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the oil, essential oil and food colouring in a small bowl, mix and then slowly add this to the

dry mix a little at a time. Add a few drops of water, and mix it quickly. (It’ll fizz when you do this.) It should clump together when pressed in your hand. Add peel or flower petals to the bottom of the mould then pack the mixture tightly on top. Leave it to dry for 4 hours, then gift wrap in foil. You can then use them as gifts in home-made crackers or pop them into jars decorated with ribbon. You can also use a mixture of essential oils, pink Himalayan sea salt and Epsom salts to make home-made bath salts. There are lots of oil blends online. Just package in an attractive jar and tie with some ribbon for a simple, but thoughtful, gift. There are plenty of kits for making your own Christmas stockings, from simple felt versions to elaborate cross stitch or tapestry kits. It’s a good way to present food gifts for relatives too. You could also gather some greenery or get some cheap tree baubles and a glue gun and work together to create a wreath for the door. Florist supply shops, Homesense, Hobbycraft and The Range are good starting points. Food gifts are another way that kids can get more involved in the run up to Christmas. There are lots of recipes for Christmas cookies, peppermint creams, decorated chocolate slabs, peppermint bark and other seasonal treats. All you need is some attractive containers which can be decorated with tags and ribbon and you’re good to go.


Drinks firm raises a glass to international expansion An Aberdeen-based drinks company has successfully expanded its business into 15 countries during lockdown after receiving support from Scotland’s national business advice service, Business Gateway.

to use in their own homes. This has resulted in the team delivering over 1,600 virtual experiences to customers across more than 15 countries including Germany, Spain, Greece, India, and the United States.

Launched in April 2018, Boozy Events is a bespoke drinks firm, specialising in cocktail making classes and pop-up cocktail bars. Working closely with Business Gateway, founder Cameron Esson attended a variety of webinars and masterclasses during lockdown, which increased his confidence as he pivoted his business to deliver virtual cocktail experiences, providing customers with bespoke cocktail kits

During lockdown, Boozy Events organised and delivered cocktail kits to virtual fundraising events for both CHAS and Charlie House, helping to raise thousands of pounds for both local charities. To find out more about Boozy Events’ virtual cocktail making classes, check out boozyevents.com /virtual-cocktailmaking-classes/

North-east culture to be celebrated in Stories of Aberdeenshire

A marketing campaign shining a spotlight on Aberdeenshire’s folklore, ballads, supernatural tales and crafts has been launched by Visit Scotland. The Stories of Aberdeenshire project celebrates the region’s rich cultural heritage and highlights how local language, story and song have shaped and continue to shape the North-east.

A series of six short films, two e-books, and an interactive map, which includes audio recordings about folklore in the North-east, have been produced in order to bring the authentic stories of North-East lives and legends to life for both locals and visitors. The films can be viewed on the University of Aberdeen’s YouTube page at: youtube. com/c/universityofaberdeen/videos


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an awesome adventure

When photographer Alex Mitchell isn’t working on a commercial project or shooting a wedding, he loves to explore the world, camera in hand...


rgentina is steeped in history, with stunning landscapes, huge skies and friendly people. The best time to visit is between October and March, the summer season in the Southern hemisphere. At over 35 times the size of Scotland, it offers everything from cosmopolitan cities to cattle ranches, beaches to the Andes, a history that encompasses ancient civilisations, Spanish colonisation, dubious dictators and even a musical. Like any area that you’re unfamiliar with, it’s best to stick to the tourist areas after dark and avoid flashing expensive jewellery or phones. That said, the Argentinians are very welcoming, open and demonstrative. There's lots of kissing and

hugging and the Argentinians have no qualms about smooching in public at levels rarely witnessed in Aberdeen except for office parties in December. If you’re fortunate enough to be invited to a party in someone’s home, it’s considered rude to show up on time. Arriving an hour or two late is considered normal. This is a culture where most people eat dinner after 10pm. Talking of food, Argentina is heaven for carnivores with a love of red wine. You’ll find amazing steaks cooked to perfection on the barbecue in most restaurants, as well as dishes such as provoleta grilled cheese and choripάn, the popular sausage sandwich street food. Argentina has yet to fully embrace veganism, but there are now over sixty vegetarian or vegan


restaurants in Buenos Aires. Don’t pass up the chance to discover more about the country’s outstanding wines from the provinces of Mendoza, San Juan and La Rioja. If wine’s not your thing, try maté, the traditional caffeine-rich tea brewed from the dried leaves of yerba mate. Be wary of home-made versions which occasionally have some interesting 'herbs' thrown in! Argentina is so big that, whatever your interests, the country has something to offer, from tango lessons in Buenos Aires to narrow gauge railways winding their precipitous way through the Andes, from local markets filled with bustling Amerindian women with their distinctive multi-coloured costumes and stalls selling

leather goods, pottery and empanadas. Football fans should grab tickets to watch Boca Juniors, in Buenos Aires. They’re known for their on-pitch skills and off-pitch fierce rivalry with River Plate. If you need to get away from the constant buzz of the capital, head to Recoleta Cemetery, an oasis of calm paths lined with magnificent tombs, including that of Eva Peron. Mendoza, in Argentina’s Cuyo region, is the heart of Argentina's wine country and is particularly famed for Malbecs. The city has wide, leafy streets lined with modern and art deco buildings, and feels more relaxed than the capital. Many of the bodega wineries offer tastings and tours. Alternatively, hire a car and drive up to the Christ the Redeemer statue on the border with Chile. It’s

a spectacular trip, but not for the nervous driver as you climb to 12,214 feet on a dirt track road. Further north, Salta is a great base for exploring Las Salinas Grandes, the famous salt flats in Bolivia. You can discover how salt is mined and get some incredible perspective photos of the gleaming, high-altitude flats. The drive through the foothills of the Andes takes you through villages like Tumbaya and Volcan, where you can get a glimpse of true rural life. From Oran in the north to Ushuaia in the south, Argentina is perfect if you have a taste for adventure! alexmitchell.co.uk


Meet Robert Lawrence of Ingrained Culture Although I come from a long line of cabinet makers and wood workers, the advent of flat pack furniture and chipboard meant cabinet making didn’t look like a viable career option.


nstead, my wife and I worked in managing, restoring, constructing and maintaining buildings. Eventually, we built our own eco house in Johnshaven. As a boy, I was given razor sharp chisels and carving projects by my father. As he let me make what I wanted, I had a lot of model boats. He also taught me to draw everything by eye, an essential skill if you are to properly understand something. At 54, I’m now a full time maker. I’m not comfortable with the word artist. I think it has to be earned from your peers, probably posthumously. I prefer to be known as a woodcarver and artificer - an individual creative manufacturer.

I enjoy the design process as much as the making itself, especially when my clients are involved throughout the project. My job is to make what the client actually wants, rather than offer a choice of finished works, in the hope that someone likes them. Whether it’s a garden sculpture or a simple house sign, I start with some questions and at least three concept drawings and regular updates with photos as the job progresses. If I’m doing a sculpture of a figure, sometimes it’s difficult to see the potential and recognise the progress until a face is finished. I can stare at the wood for hours imagining the face within, but I only get one chance to get it right. As well as sculptures and commissions for community groups, I make a wide



range of signs, anything from simple house numbers and names to climate change awareness panels, conservation and litter signs. My sculpture is suitable for private collectors for their gardens or architectural ornamentation. I’m happy to make just about anything from wood, particularly where a little style and deeper thought is required. My business is fully certified by 'Grown in Britain' and licensed by 'Scottish Working Woods'. My work methods ensure one of the lowest possible carbon footprints without sacrificing practicality. In March, I created a free community art installation in Johnshaven. Covid Clouds consists of 12 white painted

wooden clouds, each with a phrase or question relating to a kinder, cleaner, more compassionate future. It has been extremely well received and since gone on tour around Scotland. It’s still available to any community council or other organisation, free of charge, via www.ingrainedculture. co.uk/covid-clouds-pop-up I’ve spent years developing techniques to make the use of wood a viable, up to date, useable alternative to high carbon, high polluting materials. The use of bronze was perfect for Victorian heavy industry and Gothic splendour, steel and concrete were perfect for modernist sculpture in times of brutal architecture and science fiction, but today? Really?

Wood is low carbon, has an air of real life and warmth, sustainability and longevity. You can see my work on my website and I have a few examples which can be viewed by appointment, though my workshop is not open to the public. If I’m taking part in an exhibition, the details are always on my home page. I like being an artificer, so I'm not trying to become famous or earn a fortune. I just want a living and I want to be known for good quality, well made, Scottish wooden sculpture and signs. Find out more about Robert’s work at ingrainedculture.co.uk

Did you know that the city’s merchants and magistrates once abducted children and sold them as slaves in America? Rebecca Armstrong-Fleming sheds a light on some dark deeds…


n 1743, Aberdeen was not always a safe place for children, as a boy called Peter Williamson found out. Peter had travelled from Aboyne to live with his aunt in the city, but instead, he was kidnapped and taken on board a ship called Planter. He was just ten. Peter was one of sixty nine children on board. Those who survived the harsh and unsanitary conditions during the voyage were destined to be sold into slavery in the New World. The Planter was not the only ship to carry such a pitiful human cargo from Aberdeen’s harbour. Records held in the city’s archives show that around 700 children, kept in holding houses, were sold at £16 a head, profiting the city’s merchants and magistrates by the equivalent of £1.33 million in today’s currency.

Peter was luckier than many of the other children who survived the eleven week voyage. The ship was wrecked off the coast of Delaware and the children sold in Philadelphia. Peter was bought by Hugo Wilson, from Perth, who had himself once been taken in slavery as a child. Seven years later, when Hugo Wilson died, Peter was a free man. Wilson left his horse, his clothes and £120 to his former slave. Peter married and became a farmer, but was again taken prisoner in the French and Indian War. He lived as a captive among the Delaware Indians for several months before escaping and joining the colonial militia. In 1756, Peter was sent to England as part of an exchange of military prisoners who had been taken by the French. Nursing a wounded hand, exhausted and almost penniless, Peter found himself in York. Soon his tales of his time living amongst the Native Americans began to draw a crowd and his memoirs were published, selling a thousand copies. By now, he was dressing in an approximation of traditional Native American clothing and demonstrating “Red Indian” culture. He returned to Aberdeen, in 1758, to be met with libel lawsuits from local magistrates disputing their involvement in his abduction and enslavement. He was found guilty – unsurprisingly, as the same magistrates he had accused, judged the case. He was thrown into prison until he signed a confession and his books were burnt.

Understandably, Peter moved to Edinburgh where he opened up a coffee house, which quickly became popular with the city’s lawyers. They encouraged Peter to take his case to the Court of Session. A ledger showing the profits made from selling the children included an entry with Peter’s name, leading to the previous judgement being overturned. Peter was awarded £200 in damages, plus his legal costs of 100 guineas. Peter’s next venture was to open a tavern in Parliament Close, then a printing workshop. He even invented a waterproof ink for use on linen and a portable printing press. Ever-resourceful, he followed this with Edinburgh’s first penny post and an independent postal service which was later bought over by the General Post Office. In his later years, he became known throughout the city as Indian Peter, wearing the garb of the Delaware Indians and even choosing to be buried in his favourite moccasins, fringed leggings, blanket and feathered head-dress.

TechForce wins national accreditation for cyber security

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Jai Aenugu, managing director at TechForce

Aberdeen-based TechForce has been formally recognised as an accredited certification body for the UK Government-backed, industry-supported scheme Cyber Essentials, Cyber Essentials Plus and IASME Governance. As an independent testing organisation, TechForce can audit the relevant security controls that businesses have in place, verify these, and then benchmark them against Cyber Essentials.

Right Here Productions launch games crowdfunder


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Right Here Productions are known for their live murder mysteries, sing-agrams, marryoke and online games. Now they are hoping to add to their portfolio by crowdfunding the development of at home versions of their games that can be played by four or six people during a dinner party. The guests play the suspects and are led through the game via short video clips, character cards with prompts and printed evidence. The company hope the Crowdfunder project will cover the manufacturing of the first thirty copies of the four and six player games, the writing/ creative costs and the marketing costs and there are lots of rewards up for grabs for supporters. You can find out more by visiting righthereproductions.com





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Come and enjoy a fabulous 2 course lunch with a glass of fizz on arrival, a goodie bag and much more. The fashion from some of Aberdeen’s best loved stores will be show-casing their spring/summer collections.

Enjoy an elegant afternoon in a beautiful venue wearing your finest Garden Party attire with the chance to win Best Dressed Lady and Hat of the Day. Enjoy a sumptuous Afternoon Tea with a glass of champagne on arrival.



For more details and to book tickets visit: trendmagazine.co.uk


GERRY JABLONSKI Gerry Jablonski and the Electric Band have been headliners in Aberdeen’s music scene for many years. We caught up with frontman Gerry to find out more about the man behind the microphone…



was born in Banffshire and grew up in the small fishing village of Whitehills. My dad was Polish and my mum was Scottish, when they separated, I found solace in music. I used to pinch my half-brother's guitar and his record collection. I’d play both for hours! The neighbours were not impressed but they come to the shows now. Being a musician was never seen as a proper job. It was very much a traditional family where you need to get a profession and then find a job. Now we tour all over the UK and Europe.

Every gig is memorable. We played a festival in Poland to 5,000 fans all singing along to Anybody, which was incredible and we’ve headlined at the O2 Academy in Sheffield to a couple of thousand people. The venue and location don’t really matter. It’s all about the chemistry between us and our fans. Every year we put on a Christmas show at Café Drummonds and play to a full house. The atmosphere is always incredible. It’s a great feeling to play the final show each year on our home turf. We have it planned for 11th December this year, but who knows how the situation develops.

The band are great. Grigor Leslie plays bass. He’s my favourite bass player ever and I've worked with a few. Grigor’s the soul of the band and he gets us through the hard times on the road.

So many performers and songwriters have influenced us. Richard Thompson, John Martin, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson and Nils Lofgren would all have to be up there.

Our harmonica player is Peter Narojczyk. He’s the Mick Jagger to my Keith Richards. It’s nice to have a second frontman! He’s a fixer too, which is a nightmare as he drags us all over the globe to entertain people - the work never stops!

At the moment, performing is on hold, so I’ve been walking a lot with my dog, Molly and writing for the next album. We’ve been holding live Q&A sessions with our fans, rehearsing and setting

Our newest member is Lewis Fraser on drums and vocals. He’s an amazing drummer and a sweet singer. Unfortunately, he’s young, handsome and talented. We’ve had to learn to live with it!

ourselves little projects. We had planned to record a live roof top show for NHS volunteers, but it had to be postponed. Since the film crew were already booked, we went down to the river Don and shot our new music video which we hope to release soon. Our new single is called Goddam. It was just a bit fun to write a cliché rock song. We've also recorded Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix. It’s a song I love and although we don’t normally do covers, we're really interested to see what our fans will think. As far as the new album goes, it’s work in progress. We have several songs the band are trying out to pick the strongest material. Songs just come to me and I work on the lyrics, riff and melody, then I take it to the band and they add their ideas to it. I don't record anything until I can still remember the song next day....then I know it is ready!



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